The '''Internet Archive''' is a San Francisco
–based nonprofit digital library
with the stated mission of "'''universal access to all knowledge'''".
It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including web sites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books. As of May 2014, its collection topped 15 petabyte
[Brown, A. (2006). ''Archiving websites: A practical guide for information management professionals''. London: Facet Publishing. p. 9.]
In addition to its archiving function, the Archive is an activist organization, advocating for a free and open Internet.
The Internet Archive allows the public to upload and download digital material to its data cluster, but the bulk of its data is collected automatically by its web crawlers, which work to preserve as much of the public web as possible. Its web archive, the...